No injuries were reported after the Dubai Marina tower fire in the early morning
Firefighters battled a blaze at a residential tower in Dubai Marina.
The incident at Marina Diamond 2 in the Sayorah Street neighborhood was first reported on Saturday shortly before 4 a.m.
Police closed the roads around the scene and residents were taken to safety with no injuries reported, Dubai Civil Defense said.
Firefighters from Marina station were joined by teams from Emirates Martyrs and Al Barsha stations. They brought the fire under control at 5:24 a.m.
The building was secured at 7.15am and handed over to experts to investigate the cause of the fire.
A Dubai Civil Defense statement said the fire had spread from the ninth floor to the 15th.
The Dubai Police Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Center provided housing for residents whose apartments were damaged by the fire.
Video showed flames spreading to the upper floors of the medium-sized tower, which has around 260 apartments and is 60 meters high.
Adnan Shauqat, a father of three who lives in the building, said The National: “It’s 3:30 am and we heard screams downstairs. We woke up and went downstairs. [and left the building].
“There was no fire alarm … we went down immediately and have been here since 3.30am.”
Emergency services were seen distributing water and supplies to people still in sleepwear.
Asked about the apparent failure of the building’s fire alarm, a civil defense spokesperson said: “This issue is under investigation.
Julia, from Russia, was renting an Airbnb apartment on the 11th floor this weekend. She was woken up by someone knocking on the door.
She grabbed her luggage, fearing she wouldn’t be able to come back, and took the stairs to the first floor.
“My husband and I were sleeping and we heard a lot of noise,” she said. The National.
“We could smell the smoke as we walked out into the hallway. It was very scary and we were all in a panic. We went down the stairs as fast as we could.”
Parakshit Shah, originally from India, lives on the fourth floor.
“I was sleeping soundly and woke up to the neighbor knocking on my door,” he said.
“He told us there was a fire and I quickly grabbed the bags I had already packed for my flight tomorrow and we ran down the stairs.
“Everyone was running and there wasn’t even time to think about what was going on.”
Residents of the undamaged apartments on the lower floors were allowed to re-enter shortly before 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The upper floors, including the 14th and 15th, were damaged and flooded.
The building’s management company, Prime Association, has not made any statement.
Marina Diamond 2 is a 15 story residential building that was built in 2005, with the first residents moved in in 2006. It contains a mix of studio, one and two bedroom apartments.
The Marina Diamond project was one of the Marina’s earliest developments, with the six-tower complex containing 1,300 apartments.
A series of residential fires in Dubai and Sharjah have prompted the government to investigate the use of potentially flammable coatings.
Last year, authorities in Sharjah said they were investigating the use of flammable coatings, the use of which was banned in new buildings in 2017.
This came after a major fire in Sharjah’s Abbco Tower in May 2020.
Updated: 23 October 2021, 10:02